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Reportedly Microsoft marketing images showing the new bundles  (Source: Kotaku)
Xbox 360 to come with Forza 2 and Marvel for free this holiday season

Although manufacturing costs of the Xbox 360 will be cheaper than ever after the switch to the 65nm CPU platform codenamed Falcon, Microsoft will likely stick with its current pricing throughout the rest of the year. But that’s not to say that there won’t be some value added to help entice those on the fence to choose Microsoft’s console.

Briefly spotted on Best Buy’s online store, but now removed, were two pages that listed new bundles that added Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance to both the Xbox 360 Elite and Xbox 360 Premium SKUs. Both consoles were listed at their current prices, indicating that the two games were an added value package.

Gaming blog Kotaku uncovered marketing images for both the aforementioned bundles mid-August, and the appearance of such bundles in Best Buy nearly confirms their pending existence on the market.

The packaging shown in the images also matches up with previous information provided by Microsoft’s marketing, which added taglines “Go Pro” to the Xbox 360 Premium system while the Xbox 360 Elite displays “Go Big.”

Bundling games with the Xbox 360 is already standard practice in Canada. Best Buy  in Canada is selling Xbox 360 Premium with Forza Motorsport 2 and Amped 3, while Wal-Mart substitutes one winter sport with another by adding in NHL 2K8 with Forza Motorsport 2.



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RE: Maybe if theyd release a 65nm one...
By zombiexl on 9/28/2007 7:33:10 AM , Rating: 5
Actually you are uninformed (or under informed).

I recently had my second one replaced (with a refurb, not a new console). Guess what my DLC doesnt work under any other account on that machine. Also if I dont log into live I cant use it.

This includes arcade games, media and more importantly oblivion content thats i've shelled out over $50 for.

MS has told me they woudl fix the problem, by moving my DLC registration to the new console serial. Guess what its been 2 weeks and they still havent. They were also supposed to call me back within 48 hours and never did.

I love my 360, but this is a major issue IMHO.


By Aikouka on 9/28/2007 8:15:47 AM , Rating: 2
Just to help clarify, when you download DLC off XBOX Live, the content is registered (DRM'ized) in two ways:

1) It's set to your current console.
2) It's set to the currently active XBL account.

If both of these go away, the DLC is rendered useless. If 1 goes away, as the user reported, you must be logged into that XBL account to use the content.

This is one of the reasons why I won't buy a new console.... I mean, I already have a 360 Premium, but I like my console to be black (matches the rest). Unfortunately, it's not worth the hassle to do so :(.


By misterk2dt on 9/29/2007 9:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
My wife couldn't access any of the DLC (Live Arcade games) on a replacement console with her XBL account until I redownloaded the content to my original HD. It actually didn't download the entire content but just updated the console link - after I did this all the DLC was relinked to the replacement console and we haven't had any problems. I wouldn't wait for a call from MS - I've found they aren't very responsive.


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